Calendar: Oct. 5-11

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Wednesday, Oct. 5

Peaches En Regalia
Witness the birth of British pub theater in our fair city at the Red Room’s one-act comedy. Peaches En Regalia was named after a 1969 Frank Zappa tune—the playwright, Steve Lyons, loves the Mothers of Invention and wanted to write a play around the song. Along with the show, patrons will be served up a pint (or drink of choice) and a slice of pizza (from a pie) as part of a month-long “A Play, A Pint and A Pie” festival that showcases low-key, pub-style plays on nontheater weekdays: a happy-hour performance, if you will. Tonight’s feature has garnered oodles of awards and positive reviews, and will hopefully make you giggle so much that pint will go right up your nose. -Ada Kulesza

6pm. $15. Society Hill Playhouse, 507 S. Eighth St. 215.923.0210.

Thursday, Oct. 6

Jens Lekman
During a nearly five-year break from recording after his 2007 breakthrough indie-pop gem Night Falls Over Kortedala, singer-songwriter Jens Lekman endured a bout with swine flu and also maybe did what most Swedes do—sit at the cafe having a fika and enjoying their economic stability and genetic superiority. Nahhh, we kid (kinda). Music is hard work, and Lekman has been working hard on his new EP, An Argument With Myself. Witty, sly and full of gorgeous, orchestral synth-folk-pop, it won’t do much to shake persistent comparisons to Belle & Sebastian and Morrissey. Which is perfectly OK. Embrace the twee! -Michael Alan Goldberg

8pm. Sold out. With Geoffrey O’Connor. The Philadelphia Ethical Society, 1609 Rittenhouse Square.

Chinatown Night Market
Four blocks of 10th Street stretching from the Friendship gates on Arch to Winter Street will be closed tonight and aglow with the Chinatown Night Market, which promises to unveil never-before-seen food trucks and vendors selling grub they say you haven’t tasted yet this side of the International Date Line. Get ready to welcome a pizza truck, a gourmet grilled-cheese truck and other newbies to our blossoming food-truck scene. Plus, they’ll have all those other things we love about a good festival: Asian art and knick-knackery for sale, live music, and performance, in this case, a lion dance. A.K.

7pm. Free. 10th St. from Arch to Winter.

Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution
Instead of shelling out $79.99 for the individually numbered, limited-edition 20th anniversary discs of Nirvana’s Nevermind, head over to Temple where author Sara Marcus will discuss Riot Grrrl, the other movement spawned two decades ago in the Pacific Northwest. Bands like Bratmobile and Bikini Kill may not have moved units the same way Kurt Cobain did, but, as Marcus argues, they made a world of difference to adolescent girls and young women struggling to reconcile the promise of equality with the reality of sexism. While the Tailhook scandal and the Clarence Thomas hearings played out in the national media, a girl-powered, grassroots scene emerged. Its music was by turns feisty and fun and deserved a wider audience than it got, but even charismatic figures like Kathleen Hanna eschewed the spotlight. That’s because, as Marcus reminds us, the real stars were the countless women who made the posters, published the zines, and whose heartfelt conversations contributed significantly to third-wave feminism. -Raymond Simon

3:30pm. Free. Temple University, Paley Library, 1210 Polett Walk. 215.204.2828.

The Falsetto’s Murder
The Mafia are coming to Philly, Sopranos style. The Falsetto’s Murder is an interactive murder mystery show in a parody of the HBO mega hit. And this time, Tony and his entourage are in town for—what else?—a waste management convention. Guests can mingle with actors and engage in witty repartee before dinner, with the chance to discuss their findings over the meal. The actors begin the show after dinner, committing a murder in the midst of all the excitement. If you can solve the crime by the time the ballot slip comes ’round, you could win the mystery grand prize. Price of ticket includes dinner and the show—and perhaps your impending death by theater. -Trishula Patel

6:30pm. $45. Bourbon Blue, 2 Rector St. 215.508.3360.

Friday, Oct. 7

Looking Pretty and Saying Cute Things
To paraphrase Mae West, if you’ve tried any of the 22 shows Cabaret Red Light has put on in the last three years, you should try them twice if you like it—then a third time to make sure. On the high heels of staging hilarious pirate-themed burlesque aboard ships and turning holiday classics like the Nutcracker on its tights, the ever-innovative troupe is back with a full feature play starring Jess Conda as legendary bombshell Mae West. The show is a send-up of the 1927 spectacle of a trial where West, the daughter of a bare-knuckled prizefighter and a corset model, was charged with obscenity for writing and starring in the play Sex. Written and directed by Anna “Annie A-Bomb” Frangiosa, the jazzy cabaret will feature dancing boys in homage to West’s predilection for surrounding herself with muscle men both on and off stage. The play also features Jim Boyle of the Waitstaff Sketch Comedy, puppets and, of course, classic burlesque’s winning combo of razor-sharp wits and soft, soft skin. -Tara Murtha

Through Oct. 9. $25. Adrienne Theater Skybox, 2030 Sansom St. 215.567.2848.

The Besnard Lakes
Montreal’s Besnard Lakes speak of a war. Are The Dark Horse (2007) was an odyssey into Radioland where a rock ’n’ roll band battled ultimate disaster: “You won’t hear this song on the radio/ The war’s being played out on our televisions,” they broadcasted on “Devastation,” bringing the war back to the airwaves. Lifting a guitar meant diffusing an enemy bomb, bending a string meant launching one. “You live in the city, city to city,” Jace Lasek sang about the heroes’ global mobilization to ignite the metropoles. Four years later: You Lived In The City reflects on the rock-wars from the woods, but there’s a rumbling ... It’s not over yet. Dark forces are conspiring and rock ’n’ roll must awake from its slumber. Once more unto the breach! -Elliott Sharp

9pm. $12. With Malajube. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave.

LGBTQ Womyn of Color Conference

Feeling that black and Latino LGBTQ women were being marginalized in society—making it more difficult not only to obtain resources and advocacy information but simply just to connect with one another for friendship and support—Elements Organization came together several years ago to hold bi-weekly meetings in West Philly for its 20 members. The group has come a long way since. This weekend, they’ll sponsor the third annual LGBTQ Womyn of Color Conference at Temple University’s student center, and hundreds of women are expected to attend. This year’s theme is “Fertile Ground: Womyn Revealed, Revived, Renewed”; there’ll be 21 different workshops pertaining to sexual practice, social justice, gender expression, wellness and more, plus film screenings, parties and brunches. Sweetening the deal even more: Renowned poet/activist Sonia Sanchez is this year’s keynote speaker. -M.A.G.

Through Sun., Oct. 9. $30-$75. Temple University Student Center, 1755 N. 13th St. 610.297.4282.

White Riot
Back in 1977, British punk legends the Clash dropped their first single, “White Riot.” Observing how black youth battled police in the London streets the previous year, the song urged white youth to break the spell of passivity and unleash “a riot of [their] own.” They didn’t intend a racist message, though, but imagined a united front that transcended such divisions. However, the tune became a battle cry for the nationalist, xenophobic bands whose racist ideals are as much a part of the punk tradition as the more progressive values of the Clash. White Riot: Punk Rock and the Politics of Race, edited by NYU prof Stephen Duncombe and Maximum Rocknroll writer Maxwell Tremblay, explores punk’s complicated relationship with racial politics. From skinheads to Afro-Punks, the new book explores punk’s evolution through a collection of zine letters, lyrics and essays. Duncombe and Tremblay lead tonight’s discussion. -E.S.

7pm. Free. Wooden Shoe Books, 704 South St. 215.413.0999.

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